February 2016 - 10 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas
The Serenade of the Seas was nice, would recommend this cruise ship for "older" cruisers. Also, it is not the top of the line in the RC fleet. The ships staff and on/off boarding processes were one of our better experiences. Our ports of call were: Tortola, St Kitts, Martinique, Antigua, St Marten. We were disappointed in Tortola, Martinique & Antigua. Tortola's shopping area just opened the week before we arrived and very few stores were open. In Martinique, there was little shopping, language barriers, and an uncertainty of exactly where things were. We were also told it was a long walk back to ship and we should take a taxi. We over heard another passenger say "follow the blue sidewalk to get you back to the ship" - that was good advise. The walk was less than 10 - 15 minutes. Again, in Antigua there was little shopping close to the ports. Our experiences in St Kitts and St Marten were much better and would enjoy going back to these ports. In St Marten, we went scuba diving and would recommend Octopus Diving for a fantastic experience (we are not certified and were given great instructions prior to our two dives). It was the highlight of our trip and look forward to scuba diving again.
We do plan on cruising again soon. No matter the age of people on the ship, your cruise is what you make it. We introduced ourselves, mingled and met some wonderful people from all over the world/country, participated in events and made the cruise interesting and enjoyable. The much needed time away was great and again look forward to our next cruise.